James Amos Porter
(American, 1905-1970)
Cover Art for 'The Pastor's Voice' by Walter H. Brooks and 'The Negro in Tennessee' by A.A. Taylor: Two Works
The first, ink and gouache on paper; the second, ink on paper; each with copy edit notes in margins and verso and with various handling creases and smudges. Each unframed.
The first, unsigned; the second, inscribed James Porter, Howard University/ for Associated Publishers and C.G. Woodson, presumably the publisher's final approval, in graphite on verso

  • Note:
    James Porter, artist, art historian and teacher, was head of the Department of Art at Howard University from 1953-1970 and is credited with establishing the field of African-American Art History with his ground-breaking book, Modern Negro Art. First published in 1943, it is still in print today.

    These illustrations were executed for books published by The Associated Publishers, a publishing house founded in Washington, DC in 1920 by Carter G. Woodson, created as a vehicle to help writers of African-American history deliver their work to the public.
  • Dimensions:
  • Sheet size of first: 11 x 20 in (27.9 x 50.8 cm); Sheet size of second: 14-3/4 x 21-1/4 in (37.5 x 54 cm)
  • Artist Name:
  • James Amos Porter
  • Medium:
  • The first, ink and gouache on paper; the second, ink on paper; each with copy edit notes in margins and verso and with various handling creases and smudges. Each unframed.
  • Condition:
  • Each overall with handling dirt/smudging and creasing (see photos)

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